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Changing of the Guard

Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 8, 2016

After a long career celebrating diversity, Executive Director of Development for the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Shelly Steinhauser retired in June.

His smiling face, upbeat attitude and way with words made him a favorite of faculty, staff, and alumni. “Shelly was instrumental in creating long-term relationships and an expert in making people feel recognized,” says Dean Ralph J. Altiere. “That’s a talent.”

According to Altiere, “What really makes Shelly special is his ability to connect with people.” In addition to helping raise millions of dollars for the school through efforts with The ALSAM Foundation, Steinhauser was instrumental in creating long-lasting relationships with alumni.  “We will be forever grateful to Shelly for his creativity, hard work, and determination.”

“These are big shoes to fill,” says Jonathan Wanderstock who has taken over for Steinhauser as the director of development.

Coming Home

Wanderstock returns to the University of Colorado after a 13-year hiatus working in the field of development, most recently as director of advancement for intercollegiate athletics at California State University, Chico for a decade. In this position, he raised funds for the university’s 13-sport NCAA Division II athletics program. Prior to Chico, Wanderstock was assistant dean of development and external relations for the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communications, and director of development for CU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“It’s nice to come home,” says Wanderstock. “CU is a great institution and the School of Pharmacy is breaking new ground every day. I am really excited to begin my journey with the school and look forward to carrying on the great legacy that Shelly leaves.”

Honoring Steinhauser

Always willing to make ‘the ask,’ Steinhauser continues to do so today, even as a volunteer. As a tribute to him and his long record of achievement, colleagues, alumni and friends established the Sheldon Steinhauser Diversity Scholarship Fund in his name. With a lead gift from alumna Peggy Holden (BS ‘46), the fund is already halfway to its goal of $50,000. “Shelly is a terrific and very thoughtful person,” says Holden.  “He is so good to other people.  Supporting his scholarship fund seemed natural and one of the nicest ways to also honor my late husband, Jack.”

Aligning well with Steinhauser’s legacy of diversity and philanthropy, funds will be awarded to an under-represented pharmacy student.

Contact Jonathan Wanderstock if you would like to contribute to the fund in Steinhauser’s name.